JagStart Elevator Pitch Competition

Learn to pitch your best idea

It takes just three minutes! IUPUI's JagStart Elevator Pitch competition is an annual event that pits student contestants against the clock to pitch their original ideas to a panel of judges. You can enter the competition to showcase your ideas for innovative new products, new business ventures, or compelling solutions to social challenges.

What’s an “elevator pitch”?

An elevator pitch is a (very) short story, describing your idea for a novel product or venture as you would in a real-world scenario – such as talking to a potential investor in an elevator. JagStart rewards students who have the best ideas—and the best pitches—with cash prizes.

Students are invited to submit an abstract describing their idea to begin the entry process. This will allow the JagStart mentoring team to provide feedback on your idea, and provide mentoring/coaching assistance to the selected teams for preparation of the Final Entry stage of the contest in the spring. Students may request to be paired with one of our volunteer business mentors (an industry professional that is matched to the team based on the mentor’s expertise and background) to refine their project idea for the next stage of entries

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018: STAGE 1 ENTRY DEADLINE

Online form opens for acceptance of idea abstract entries at 8:00 AM on November 1, 2018. The idea summaries are reviewed to connect prospective entrants to connect with our mentor group

Entries can be submitted at any time, but if students are uncertain how to proceed, please make an effort to attend one of the JagStart Launch sessions.

Who can participate?

JagStart is open to all students (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, and professional), who are enrolled and in good standing, full or part-time, for a degree during the 2018-2019 academic year (including December graduates!) in any of the Indiana University-Purdue University schools at either the Indianapolis or Columbus campus.

Read detailed competition rules and guidelines

Why should I participate?

The JagStart Elevator Pitch competition offers:

  • A chance to learn valuable skills
  • Coaching, feedback, and the opportunity to build connections to entrepreneurs and business professionals from the local community
  • Experience promoting your idea to a live audience
  • Prizes! Including:
    • 1st Place $2,500
    • 2nd Place $1,500
    • 3rd Place $750
    • Audience Choice Awards (Two awards of $500 each, selected on basis of audience ballot)

The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research sponsors the annual JagStart competition as part of our "Innovation to Enterprise" (I2E@IUPUI) programs for support of student innovation and entrepreneurship. Each year, we work with multiple other groups in helping make this event a success.

OUR THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING CAMPUS UNITS AND DIVISIONS FOR THE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE WITH THIS YEAR'S JAGSTART PITCH COMPETITION!

The Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, Action (IDEA) Fellows at IUPUI
The Idea Garden
Center for Research and Learning (CRL)

Contact:

Karen White, Research Development & Commercialization Facilitator, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

  • Phone: (317) 274-1083
  • Email: kfwhite@iupui.edu